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October 2014

Posted on October 26, 2014

Fashion Sisters: One look two styles: Sweater Weather

Jumpers/ Rebel/ Romantique

Fashion sisters sweater weather

Before the first arctic chill of winter, there are the magically sun-lit golden autumn days, known as sweater weather season.  It’s the time when we cocoon ourselves in toasty cashmere, fluffy angora and plush knits. Think outdoorsy flushed cheeks, romantic walks in the park, with a hot chocolate or gluehwein in hand.

Rebel does Urban Chic:

Rebel is wearing a sumptuous beige merino jumper, paired with distressed denim and star printed Converse Chucks. A wooly hat keeps the brisk fall mornings in check.

Rebel is wearing:

  • Sweater bei Max Studio
  • Jeans by TK Maxx
  • Blue handbag by Badgley Mischka
  • Light blue star chucks by Converse
  • Hat by Collection
  • Lipstick: Lady Danger by MAC

Metallic sweater SET. Topshop black skinny jeans.

Romantique goes metallic:

Give your autumn sweater a twist by wearing metallic knits. To avoid looking like a christmas tree bauble, I dressed down with  simple black skinny jeans and pointy flats.

Romantique is wearing:

  • Metallic jumper with pink contrast piping by SET
  • Black skinny jeans by Topshop
  • Nougat coloured leather jacket by Stefanel
  • Black pointy flats by BCBG
  • Cherub bag by Fiorucci
  • Pink mirrored aviators by Ray Ban
  • Lipstick: Ananbella audacious by NARS

Metallic sweater SET. Topshop black skinny jeans.

Fiorucci cherub bag streetstyle

Posted on October 24, 2014

How to wear French Red Lips

Beauty/ Rebel/ Romantique

French Red Lips

Sitting on the Eurostar on my way to Paris, I noticed that all French women had one striking accessory in common: The statement red lip.

True to French, effortless style, Parisienne’s wear the rich lip slightly out of context: Not in the evening combined with a Little Black Dress, but during the day paired with a messy bun, skinny jeans, and simple T-shirt on their way to the Boulangerie.

I used to be afraid of the vibrant lip, thinking that it looks gaudy and that only fuller Angelina-Jolie-lips can carry it off. Quite the opposite is true: Smaller lips can appear fuller and the right colour can do wonders for  your complexion.

Since Rebel introduced me to the red lip, I’ve never looked back. If you are hesitant, read my fool-proof, beginners guide on how to wear red lips:

 

Choose the right colour: If you are not sure what colour suits you, try out MAC’s iconic and much coveted matte lipstick Ruby Woo. It’s a blue-based red that looks great against cold, fair complexions as well as darker olive complexions.

Chose the right texture: If you are a red lip beginner, stick to matte or creamy-matte textures, very classic, very retro. They  last longer and are often more heavily pigmented, whereas creamy lipsticks tend to smudge more easily.

Wear the lipstick in different ways: Here’s a great tutorial by Lisa Eldrige showing 5  different  ways to wear a lipstick. If you are afraid of the strong colour, try wearing the lipstick as a gently-bitten stain.

Romantique is wearing MAC Ruby Woo. Rebel is wearing a mix of MAC Ruby Woo and MAC Viva Glam 1.

Romantique is wearing MAC Ruby Woo. Rebel is wearing a mix of MAC Ruby Woo and MAC Viva Glam 1.

RED LIPSTICK HALL OF FAME (Tried and tested by Romantique and Rebel)

MAC Ruby Woo               – a 100% matte, blue based red. Foolproof colour wich suits fair and olive complextions.

MAC Russian Red         – cool red, slightly more creamier than Ruby Woo. Loved by Alexa Chung, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Madonna and many more!

MAC Lady Danger        – It’s a perfect bright bold red hinting at orange.

MAC VIVA GLAM I      – Rebel’s favourite, this is a slightly darker blue-based red with brown undertones. Perfect for autumn

Chanel Pirate                 – another classic,  fire-engine red

NARS Annabella, NARS Carmen  and Topshop Rio Rio – all of these red lipsticks have slight orange undertones. Great with a tan, ligthly orangey lipsticks are brigtheners for the face and perfect for summer.

Tom Ford Bruised Plum – A great versatile plummy-pink lipstick that you can wear lightly as a stain (which will give you that “I have just eaten berries” look) or for a full on autumn berry colour).

Revlon Fire and Ice          – A bright red which pulls either warm or cold, depending on the undertones in your skin. Launched in 1952, this is an undying make-up hero

Alexa Chung is wearing Russian Red lipstick by MAC

Quasi Parisienne Alexa Chung is wearing Russian Red lipstick by MAC for Glamour.

Rebel wearing Viva Glam 1 lipstick

Rebel wearing Viva Glam 1 lipstick

Rebel wears Lady Danger by MAC

Rebel wearing Lady Danger by MAC

Alexa Chung wearing the dark berry lipstick "Bruised Plum" By Tom Ford

Alexa Chung wearing the dark berry lipstick “Bruised Plum” By Tom Ford

French actress Marion Cotillard is another fan of Russian Red.  In this picture, she is wearing an organey-red. Try the new NARS Audacious lipstick in Annabella.

French actress Marion Cotillard is another fan of Russian Red. In this picture, she is wearing an organey-red. Try the new NARS Audacious lipstick in Annabella.

Gorgeous Love, from the girl named love blog, wearing Revlon's Fire and Ice

Gorgeous Love, from “TheGirl named Love” blog, wearing Revlon’s Fire and Ice

Hopefully the photos will inspire those of you who haven’t dared to jump into the wonderful world of red lips yet. A red lip has become my favourite fashion accessory, vamping up every outfit. Tell us about your favourite lipstick colour and why you’ve chosen it. We’d love to hear from you!

Swatches of our most favourite lipstick colours

Swatches of our favourite lipstick colours

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 18, 2014

Knits ‘n Boots

Accessoires/ Romantique/ Shoes/ Wardrobe

Chunky knits and boots london street style

I’m definitely a summer girl: I love nothing more than bold colours in stripey or checked patterns, set against sun kissed skin and dishevelled hair. Now that autumn is here, with it’s shorter, chillier days, soft-hazy light and rusty colours, I’m rediscovering my love for the colder seasons. Heavier textures like chunky knits and leather are my best friends. Try texture layering to elevate the common knit to vogue: Oversized knitted sweaters worn over soft silk dresses, lace or leather skirts. Now is the time for cosying up, drinking hot chocolate in  street cafes, watching the world go by, or cocooning at home. 
Captions:
Knee-high leather boots are a modern classic. I love pairing mine with dresses and pencil skirts 

 

I am wearing:

  • Black wool piano Dress by Max & Co
  • Brown leather boots with gold heel detail by Sergio Rossi
  • Beige knitted  scarf / poncho with hood by Stefanel
  • Pink woven leather handbag by Gharani Strok
  • Pink mirrored Ray Ban Aviators borrowed from Mr Romantique

Chunky knits and boots london street style

 

Chunky knits and boots london street style

 

My knits and boots style queens:

claudia-schiffer-boots-chunky-knikt

Claudia Schiffer in a blue cable knit sweater, emphasizing  her gazelle legs with over the knee boots.

alexa chung heavy knit and sequinned skirt

‘Effortless chic’ is such an overused term, is sounds like a cliche. If there is one person how does personify effortless chic, it’s Alexa. Pairing a heavy knit sweater with a sequinned pencil skirt and high heels. Genius and tres Parisienne!

 

Posted on October 11, 2014

Autumn Look Lepard Print Coat

Coats/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

Leopard coat Zara streetstyle hamburg

“Leopard skin is vulgar. Black makes you look slimmer. Slim-fit is for skinny people. Navy blue is what your mother wore. Nobody wears mini skirts after 35. All of these cliches immobilise and intimate us when we’re casting about for a style of our own.  …. We can develop our own style, even if to do so we have to go against the trends and the cliches”. – from the Book “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas and Federique Veysset. Our beloved inspiration guide.  

Truer words have never been spoken.  The leopard print coat has become something of a signature look for me. My coat  is not from a high-end designer like Dolce & Gabbana, who’s made the animal print it’s signature. Quite the opposite, it’s a steal from Zara and looks classy and chic despite it’s modest price tag. I pair it minimalistically with skinny jeans, pointy flats and a sober jumper, there’s no risk of slipping into tacky territory.

I am wearing:

  • Black and white leopard print coat from Zara
  • Black skinny jeans from Zara
  • Pointy flats from Kurt Geiger
  • Light blue jumper from Uniqlo
  • cream sunglasses from Paul Smith
  • Belt by Just Cavalli
  • woven black leather handbag from Falorni

Leopard coat Zara streetstyle hamburg

 

leopard print coat kate moss, alexa chung, jackie kennedy, emanuelle alt

Inspirational fashion icons in leopard prints throughout the times:

1. Jackie Kennedy – even 50 years after her hey-days, her style still doesn’t look dated.

2. Emmanuelle Alt, Editor in Chief of French Vogue

3. Alexa Chung, London’s coolest kid on the block

4. Kate Moss – Mossy in one of her best outfits

Hamburg Street style uniqlo shirt zara skinny jeans

Autumnal street style in Hamburg. In the background you can see the Press head quarters of Der Spiegel, continental Europe’s most influential magazine.

 

Posted on October 8, 2014

Romantique’s Top 6 things to do in Paris

Paris/ Romantique/ Travel
Paris from Montparnasse Tower - Romantique

View over Paris from Montparnasse tower

The best thing about living in London? Being able to hop on a train and two hours later, be alighting in Paris, city of romance!

I’ve been to Paris three times and on my third trip, returned to my favourite spots. My tips, in no particular order:

1.     Take in the view from the Top of Montparnasse tower

The tower of Montparnasse is an ugly eyesore but being the tallest building in France,  it provides the most spectacular 360 degree view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower (above).

One of the best views of the Eiffel tower is from the boat

One of the best views of the Eiffel tower is from the boat

2.     Take a boat cruise with the Bateux Mouche

Imagine a hot, stuffy summers day in Paris, you are unwinding on an open deck boat on the Seine, enjoying the cooling breeze whilst marevelling at the breathaking views of Paris’ most iconic sights. For me, it’s the cruisiest way of sightseeing.

  Bateaux mouche paris sightseeing on the seine

3.     Have brunch & tea at Le Loir dans la Théière in Le Marais

Paris is all about café’s and tea rooms, of which we visited many. The tea room Le Loir dans la Théière, tucked away in the historic quarter of Le Marais on Rue des Rosiers, is the most chilled, homely of them all. Most importantly, the food is out of this world. For 21 Euros, you can eat a fully flexed brunch, gorging like God in France. On two mornings, we indulged in homemade jams (banana, mango, gooseberry), mini croissants, warm rye bread, fresh grapefruit juice and ouefs benedicte. The deserts are just as spectacular: Tarts loaded with yummy seasonal fruit and huge zesty lemon meringoues for the sweet tooths like me.

Le Loir dans la Théière peach cake and gooseberry cake

A selection of delicieux tarts, loaded with peaches, gooseberries and figs.

 

Mr romantique dans le loir dans la thiere

Romantique Le Loir dans la Théière

4.     Have a Falafel at L’As du Fallafel in Le Marais

Las du Falafel, situated in the “Pletzl” Jewish quarter of Le Marais, is hailed as the best falafel in Europe, and is easily spotted by its endless queue. I recommend ducking into one of the quieter alleys off Rue des Rosiers, to chomp into this delicious snack made of hummus, eggplant and chickpea fritters.

L'as du fallafel in Rue Rosiers, Le Marais

Spot Mr Romantique!

Caption pic with Brad: Le Marais features Jewish food from Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

Le Marais features Jewish food from Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

 

5. Stroll along the Alexandre III bridge

Leading to the Grand Palais, this exuberant bridge with its golden cherubs, nymphs, winged horses and iconic Art Noveaux lamps, is a popular location for fashion shoots. The bridge is named after Tsar Alexandre III whose son Nicholas laid the foundation. The bridge was a present from Russia to cement the Franco-Russian alliance. Tsar Nicholas was the last emperor  of Russia, his life ended tragically when he was murdered, alongside his wife and children, in 1918.

Alexandre III Bridge Seine romantique
Alexandre III Bridge Seine romantique

6. Shop at Les Néréides N2 flagship store 

What better souvenir can you take away from Paris than a Parisian themed pair of earrings or necklace? The whimsical French custome jewellery designer perfectly encapsulates the romantic and dreamy notion of Paris. The flagship store on 5, Rue du Bourg l’Abbé is an open plan office/retail space, and acts as the creative and retail nerve centre for this wonderful artesian brand.   

Les Nereides N2 Flagship store Paris on 5 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé

Les Nereides N2's new AW2015 macaron collection! Too sweet to resist.  IL PARAÎT QU'ILS SONT BONS

Les Nereides N2’s new AW2015 macaron collection! Too sweet to resist. IL PARAÎT QU’ILS SONT BONS

Les Nereides N2 Flagship store Paris on 5 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé

Posted on October 3, 2014

Romantique – styled by Rebel

Rebel/ Romantique/ Skirts/ Wardrobe

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

When I visited Romantique in London 3 weeks ago, we did a wardrobe assessment and I ordered an injection of Rebel-ism to infuse some spice into her wardrobe. It’s easy to become stuck in style rut, choosing the same styles over and over again (in Romantique’s case: dresses, ruffles, puff sleeves, more ruffles and yet another Peter Pan collar thrown into the mix).

On first inspection of her wardrobe, we concluded that she’s lacking a few basics such as:

  1. A plain navy, black or red sweater, not too fitted
  2. A plain white Tee, not too fitted
  3. A pair of black skinny jeans by Topshop
  4. A pair of gold framed sunglasses (everyone should have two types of sunglasses: Plastic frames and metallic frames)

For our girly day out ahead of LFW, I rummaged in her cupboard to style her for the day. This is what I chose for her and why:

  • Pink brocade tulip skirt from Alberta Ferretti – Romantique is and always will be inclined to the romantic style. This dress is flattering to her figure and represents her style well
  • Black sweater by Paul Costello – The opulent embroidery of the pink skirt needs to be toned down with a simple but chic black jumper. No frills. No ruffles.
  • Pink aviator shades by Ray Ban – These iconic, slightly masculine sunglasses (borrowed from Mr Romantique) make for a great departure from Romantique’s usual plastic framed, tortoise cat eye sunnies. The matt gold frames and the pink tinted, mirrored glasses are a customised version
  • Pink cross body bag by Gharani Strok – Picking up the girly vibe with this pink, woven handbag, casually worn.
  • Leopard shoes – Flats are one of Romantique’s essentials. The pointy shape and leopard print give the classic a bit of an edge
  • Ruby Woo lipstick by MAC – Romantique never used to like bright, bold lipstick. Since I introduced her to the cult classic Ruby Woo, she’s embraced the cool effect a bold lip can have on her outfits

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

 

 

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

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